Oh, not that I’m one to ever deny or postpone reality. . .
So, I didn’t sleep much last night. Psst, ladies, that time of the month. Plus, I had this not massive but still annoying, frustrating, lingering work project that I’ve been struggling to complete. The annoyance and frustration over that prompted me to wake up extra early, after going to bed late, to finish it.
I pulled myself out of bed, made super strong coffee, and perused the, yes, actual print versions of today’s San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times. And here’s the cheery headlines that greeted me, and other home subscribers, of the Times this morning. They were enough to add to my already sleep-deprived, hormonal, emotionally frazzled state–and to make me wonder, will there ever be a silver lining, that light at the end of this tunnel? Will the sun ever really come out tomorrow?
Contra Costa’s plight deepens: County forced to slah more than $50 million, leading to lay offs and cuts in health social services.
BART strike threat returns: Agency “ready to impose a contract” after words mine train operators, station agents reject no-raise proposals.
If that work project was frustrating and annoying me, this news was about to send me through the roof. Idiot, self-centered train operators and station agents, everyone of whom probably earns much more than me, especially after my pay cut, and far more generous health and pension benefits. Talk about people who deny reality, or the reality that many of the rest of us are living with. Or who don’t care.
“Wave of bad news hits East Bay homeowners: Plummeting prices push more houses in region under water.
Negative equity in Contra Costa County, in the second quarter, is at 49 percent, meaning that this is the percentage of mortgaged homes for which homeowners owe more on their property than what its worth.
Even more cheery online headline for this story: “East Bay homes with negative equity could pull down economy”
“Woman’s life thrown into reverse after layoff.“
Apparently, this 1990s college grad was enjoying a lucrative career in online wine sales. Now, after getting laid off, she’s back to living like a college student, renting a room in someone’s house after giving up her apartment, selling most of her furniture, and burning through her savings.
The big story on the homepage of the online Times was of course:
Police seek suspect in Richmond-San Rafael Bridge shooting
The only upside to this story, if you could call it that, given that two people were slain, one in front of lots of shocked and horrified Richmond-San Rafael Bridge commuters is this:
Man connected to Richmond-San Rafael Bridge shootings arrested